Debbie Allen for Inside Dance Magazine

Last month I had the pleasure of photographing Ms. Debbie Allen at her home for Inside Dance Magazine. Ms. Allen has been an icon in my family for years. Of course there was Fame- Who doesn't remember her character Lydia Grant's classic line- “You got big dreams? You want fame? Well, fame costs. And right here’s where you start payin’. In sweat !”

With a list of accolades including actress, choreographer, dancer, film director, television director, television producer, at 66 years young, she is still going strong. And just like the article so expertly captures, she is still real, raw, and inspiring. It was an absolute joy to photograph her.

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To learn more about Ms. Debbie Allen and the work she is doing, including Freeze Frame, which is debuting at the Kennedy Center in New York City on October 27th, please visit the Debbie Allen Dance Academy website. You can also follow her on Instagram. To see the entire spread please visit the website.

Debbie Allen by Cassandra Plavoukos
Debbie Allen by Cassandra Plavoukos